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Requisition Number 20-0290
Title Battery Storage Director
City Houston
State TX
Job Family Commercial Analytics
Shift Days
Employee Type Regular
Subject to DOT Regulations No
Percent of Travel Required 50
Relocation Provided No
Location Houston Office
Description Job Summary: (includes but is not limited to the following, other duties may be assigned):

Responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, and closing all activities necessary for the Battery Energy Storage System. Leads negotiations with stakeholders in new Battery Energy Storage projects including, but not limited to, independent system operators, consultants and permitting and regulatory agencies. This includes project conceptualization, management of design engineering, development fatal flaw analysis, equipment and vendor selection analysis, vendor and EPC negotiation and management, construction management, and operations and maintenance planning and analysis. This position will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team involved in all stages of project development and commercialization.

Serves as a subject matter expert and provides market intelligence regarding Calpine’s project development in the Battery Energy Storage portfolio. Actively support a variety of new generation project development and existing project expansions regarding Battery Storage. Leads teams in proposal development and internal management presentations.

Job Responsibilities:

• Provide technical vendor reviews, qualifications to strengthen, and maintaining existing contacts of major equipment suppliers and develop new vendor relationships.
• Understand the various battery technologies and industry practices to provide guidance to the organization on the application of technology. Educate the procurement, engineering, and operations teams on latest industry technology.
• Evaluate available and emerging storage technologies and communicate new technology development and risks associated with the new technology.
• Provide direction and assist in corporate response to RFPs/RFQs regarding plant integrator, equipment, and technology selection.
• Collaborates with the Development team in the preparation and coordination of proposals, proposal materials, and other marketing efforts in support of the market segment. This may include gathering, verifying, and formatting proposal information.
• Ensure the highest level of environmental health and safety in all engineering and design aspects of energy storage projects.
• Establish and maintain the engineering, design criteria and applicable standards and specifications for BESS projects.
• Responsible for the development, review and technical oversight of engineering requirements and design of energy storage projects.
• Review/approve the work of consultants used on BESS projects to ensure consistent and cost-effective designs and timely delivery.
• Support the procurement of BESS equipment by maintaining continuous interface with vendor’s technical personnel and performing technical bid evaluation to ensure compliance to specifications.
• Support Development to assure timely and cost-effective resolution to regulatory, permitting, and technical issues associated with the execution and delivery of BESS projects.
• Mature, experienced, innovative professional including strong structuring and analytical skill sets. Manages multiple department functions with an operational focus.
• Manages activities of broad functional area through first level management and professionals, including full human resources, cost and budgetary accountability.
• Uses advanced knowledge of own function, including a solid understanding of contract documentation and broad knowledge of other functions.
• Serves as senior advisor to management; influences highly complex decisions regarding the direction or operation of department.
• Identifies and takes ownership for developing ideas for technical or business improvement initiatives that impact department/division.
• Works on significant and unique issues and projects.
• Regularly uses independent judgment in the evaluation of intangibles or situations with minimal precedent or standards available for reference. Selects methods, techniques, analytical approach and evaluation criteria.
• Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or highly complex special assignments.
• Sets technical direction for a department; assists management with setting the strategic direction for key products, research areas, programs, and services.
• Negotiate and influence – interprets department policies and services, conflicts, and influences outcomes on matters of significance to the department/division.
Requirements • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Masters or PhD a plus
• Expert knowledge with experience in Calpine’s industry sectors; typically requires minimum of 10+ years in area of specialization including 5 years project development experience including deal negotiation.
• Grid connected BESS or any inverter-based generation experience
• Experience performing power systems analysis in software packages such as PSS/E, ETAP or PSCAD
• Wind and/or Solar system installation or design experience is a plus
• Willingness to travel as needed, up to 50% of the time
• Experience with AutoCAD, MS Office Suite
• Knowledge of the National Electric Code
• Knowledge with California Energy Commission permitting process highly desired.
• Proven experience in design and delivery of grid scale bulk energy storage technology solutions.
• Professional Engineer (PE) registration will weigh heavily in the evaluation and selection of candidates.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
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